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Irrigation System

Pakistan could face mass droughts by 2025 as water level nears 'absolute scarcity'

Pakistan could face drought in the near future according to experts in the country, who have warned the country will approach the “absolute scarcity” level of water by 2025, reported by Independent.

The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made the grim forecast in a new report which claimed the country touched the “water stress line” in 1990 before crossing the “water scarcity line” in 2005.

Key dam’s construction again delayed due to lack of finances

Diamer-Bhasha Dam may not be completed in next 10 years due to delay

Federal Minister for Water Syed Javed Ali Shah on Thursday dropped a bombshell in the National Assembly by informing the House that construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam could not be started as yet due to non-arrangement of finances and the dam won’t be completed in the next 10 years due to the delay.

Sperm whales sighted in Pakistan waters for first time: WWF

KARACHI: Fishermen in Pakistan have sighted Sperm whale while navigating about 22 km South of Gunz, near Jiwani which experts believe has never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

This is the first time that a pair of sperm whales has been sighted in Pakistan water, claims WWF Pakistan.

In a press release issued here on Tuesday, WWF says while looking at the animals, fisherman became very curious and immediately followed them. Eventually, the whales turned out to be a pair of sperm whales which had never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

Sperm whales sighted in Pakistan waters for first time: WWF

KARACHI: Fishermen in Pakistan have sighted Sperm whale while navigating about 22 km South of Gunz, near Jiwani which experts believe has never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

This is the first time that a pair of sperm whales has been sighted in Pakistan water, claims WWF Pakistan.

In a press release issued here on Tuesday, WWF says while looking at the animals, fisherman became very curious and immediately followed them. Eventually, the whales turned out to be a pair of sperm whales which had never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

Pakistan’s looming water crisis

In 1947 Pakistan was affluent in water. It had 5,000 cubic meters per capita renewable water that is now down to 1,000 cubic meters per capita Population boom, is a major contributing factor. But there are others. Out dated irrigation system being one. In a country where 90pc of water in used in irrigation of crops using maximum water are two other reasons. Sugar cane, rice and wheat all use extensive water.

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A recent study has shown a map highlighting areas of likely contamination based on water quality data from nearly 1,200 groundwater pumps tested from 2013 to 2015. The study determined that some 88 million people were living in high-risk areas.

Given that about 60-70 per cent of the population relies on groundwater, roughly 50 million maybe even 60 million could be potentially affected. This is an alarmingly high number and demonstrates the urgent need to test all drinking water wells in the Indus Plain.

World Bank okays $200m for Balochistan Irrigation Water

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank approved a $200 million credit to strengthen Balochistan government’s initiative for community-based water management for irrigation in the province.

Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management & Development Project will support investments in two of the eighteen basins in Balochistan—Nari and Porali river basins. These river basins were selected based on an assessment of surface water resources development opportunities.

Water and Jobs-Empowering Young Professionals: World Water Day 2016, Day to Celebrate, Date to Change, Day to Prepare

World Water Day is observed on 22nd March every year. It is focused to remind people about importance of fresh water and to encourage efficient management to sustainable water resources. It is a day to celebrate water. It is a day to plan for efficient management of fresh water for the people. The theme for 2016 is "Water and Jobs - Empowering Young Professionals".

Visit of Hunza Valley

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR, along with Dr. Abdul Wahid Jasra, Country Representative, ICIMOD and Additional Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Islamabad, paid a visit to Hunza Valley on 21st March, 2016. The visit was in connection with newly launched project supported by ICIMOD and financed WWF "Agricultural Water, Energy and Hazard Management for Improved Livelihood in the Upper Indus Basin area of Pakistan". Purpose of the visit was to finalize sites as well as interaction with the community members.

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